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Monday
Oct192009

Raw Mistake # 3: It's a single-lane road.

 

Today we're going to look at the third of The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes.

Raw Mistake # 3: 
It's a single-lane road.

If you want to experience great digestion on your raw-vegan diet, here's something you should keep in mind: The order in which you eat your food can have a big impact on how well you digest it.  It's important to eat in the order of the quickest digesting foods first, followed by the slower digesting foods last. You might be tempted to say this sounds silly, but believe me, it really does make a huge difference.  I'll paint you a picture to help you see why.

Visualize your digestive tract as a single-lane road.  All the traffic (food) shares the same lane, and there’s no room to pass.  Let’s say you eat an avocado and shortly after that you eat a banana.  Because this is a single-lane road, the quick-to-digest banana is caught behind a slow-to-digest avocado and will remain stuck until the next exit (quite a while away…)  In the course of this trip, the banana will be broken down must faster than the avocado but will be unable to move along the digestive tract at its proper pace because it must wait for the avocado to get digested. By the time the avocado gets to the end of the process, the banana will have spent far more time in your bowels than it should have and will have fermented, causing gas and bloating, as well as irritating the intestines. This problem can easily be avoided with a little foresight.

It’s important to keep in mind the order you eat things.  It may take a little while to start thinking about food in this way, but given some time it becomes automatic.  As a general outline, I tend to eat almost exclusively fresh fruit (smoothies) for the majority of the day and then have my greens later on.  If you tend to use salad dressings or heavier foods like nuts and seeds, you shouldn’t eat a lot of them in the earlier part of the day (i.e. before the fruit).  Save them for the evening. This way you’ll automatically take care of eating things in the most digestible order. 

Your stomach will feel much more comfortable, and so will those sitting next to you.

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

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